View Full Version : Ubuntu on HDD, but GRUB on USB

January 1st, 2013, 08:11 PM
I would like to install Ubuntu 12.04 on my notebook, but little differently than most of you.

My requirement is to have the Ubuntu installed on HDD, but the GURUB installed on USB key. Ubuntu will start only when I insert the GRUB containing USB key. Without the USB key Windows 7 will start.
Is this possible? And how to do it?

The idea is that there is no boot selection at startup, so from outside no one should notice that Ubuntu is installed on this machine.

January 1st, 2013, 08:26 PM
You will have to use the manual installation method (Something Else), not the auto methods.

The manual install offers you total control of the partition sizes and where to install the bootloader.

January 2nd, 2013, 10:29 PM
Thanks darkod,

I did as you said and it works :)

Sometimes a solution is so simple that it seem unbelievable. Probably because I've been to much exposed to MS Windows.

January 2nd, 2013, 10:45 PM
Yeah, I like the flexibility of linux. You can't make windows install the bootloader where you want it. It always thinks it knows better than you. :)

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